Premier Stephen McNeil will meet with New England business and political leaders to discuss trade and investment opportunities while in Boston next week for the annual tree-lighting celebration.
“It’s important to take the opportunity to reinforce the benefits of our trading relationship,” said Premier McNeil. “We want to build on that strong relationship and continue growing our exports, which will lead to more jobs for Nova Scotians and a stronger economy.”
Nova Scotia’s exports to New England last year totaled more than $1 billion, including $545 million in exports to Massachusetts. Leading exports included fish and seafood products, transportation equipment, and computer and electronics products.
Premier McNeil is scheduled to meet with David Alward, consul general of Canada in Boston, on Nov. 28, and with Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker on Nov. 29. He will also address the New England-Canada Business Council on the 29th and, on Nov. 30, meet with Nova Scotia businesses participating in a trade mission led by Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Also on Nov. 30, the premier will join Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage in the lighting of the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston. The Christmas tree is an annual gift to say thank you for the help the people of Boston provided in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This year is the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
“We are forever grateful for the first responders and citizens who came to our province’s aid,” said Premier McNeil. “We say thank you to the people of Boston with the gift of a beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree.”
Premier McNeil will also take part in the dedication of a permanent structure on Boston Common marking the centennial of the explosion.
This year government has partnered with Music Nova Scotia and Halifax Pop Explosion to provide Nova Scotia artists exposure to the New England market.
Port Cities, Cassie and Maggie, and Reeny Smith will perform in front of music industry professionals at a showcase in Boston on Nov. 29. On Nov. 30, they will perform live during the broadcast of the lighting ceremony for the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston.
“Music is an important part of the culture in Nova Scotia. It is only fitting that some of our top export-ready artists gift the people of Boston with their talent,” said Scott Long, executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “It is an honour to participate in the ceremonies, here in Boston, and to showcase our musical talent to the New England market.”
The ceremony attracts about 20,000 people and is broadcast live on WCBV television, an ABC affiliate, to an audience of about 300,000.
For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.